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End of week 1

workout notes: easy 2 mile walk after weights.
pull ups (5 sets of 10), rotator cuff, various squats and 1 set of leg presses
incline press: 10 x 135, 5 x 155, 10 x 140
military: 8 x 50 dumbbell standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 single arm
abs (2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts)

It was tough to get the back lose today.

Election: yeah, I am bored. Hillary Clinton is somewhere between a 70-90 percent favorite. Gary Johnson’s 7 percent is holding steady. But, for what it is worth, I don’t want to see either him or Jill Stein (LOL) taking up space during the debates.

I’ve got some baseball coming up and …next weekend….FOOTBALL!!!!

August 26, 2016 Posted by | politics, politics/social, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Day one, Fall 2016

Yes, Lynn, I did show up for my first class and taught it…with my shirt inside-out. It was a Bradley polo.

I am doing the usual adjustment to the academic year routine (up early to workout prior to classes)

Weights: rotator cuff, squats (a few with no weights, a few with 25s, then 2 sets of leg presses)
pull ups: 15-10-10-10-5
bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 9 x 170
incline press: 10 x 135
military: 5 x 50 dumbbell (standing..had trouble), 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell (each arm)
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts
headstand (not so good)

Then 25 laps of lane 1 in 42:12 (1:40 for the last lap): 13:37, 13:26, 13:28. There were some young women lapping me every other lap or so…yes, they were track team members (6:30 pace of so for them).

So my true pace was 14’ish…which was my old 100 mile walk pace. Sigh. No, this didn’t kill me but it was not a super easy stroll either.

August 24, 2016 Posted by | walking, weight training | | 1 Comment

Athletics: who gets to compete as a “woman”?

Workout notes: weights only; I had “fasting blood work” this morning. I did lift though:
rotator cuff
squats (several sets of 5, with and without weight..goblet..focus on posture) then some leg presses
pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (first one was terrible)
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170
incline press: 10 x 135
military presses: standing: 7 x 50 dumbbell, 15 x 50 (seated, supported; trouble getting into position), 10 x 200 machine
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell (each arm)
yoga leg lifts (2 sets of 10), twist crunch (2 sets of 12)
head stand (surprisingly easy)

Post
The issue of “who gets to compete as a woman in the Olympics” has popped up again, mostly thanks to success of Saster Semenya. For an overview, see here.

On one hand, I think that this is a great issue. On the other hand, the discussion of this issue has been, well, brain-dead. (example). This issue concerns many female athletes.

Any discussion of this issue (or discussion worth having) should start here: why do we have a female category for competition to begin with? I think that the reason is clear: without such a restricted category (and yes, this means “fitting into a box” of sorts), women would not be competing.

Yes, all Olympic athletes are genetic outliers and the male outliers run faster and are stronger than the female outliers. So if you don’t want “all male” competitions, you need a female category, and that means that the female category is, by design, a restricted category. If you don’t meet the restrictions for the “female category”, you have to try to compete in the “open category”.

Of course, there will be genetic variations within the restricted category; I think that anyone with a rudimentary understanding of athletics knows this.

So what should the restrictions be? THAT is where the discussion needs to be. Sadly, the discussion that I am seeing is of very low quality. For example:

Eero Mantyranta, a Finnish cross-country skier who won seven Olympic medals in the 1960s, including three golds, was found to have a genetic mutation that increased his hemoglobin level to about 50 percent higher than the average man’s.

There is “no fundamental difference” between a congenital disorder that produces high testosterone levels and a genetic mutation that produces elevated hemoglobin levels, according to a recent commentary, “The Olympic Games and Athletic Sex Assignment,” in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Yet elevated levels of naturally occurring hemoglobin do not disqualify athletes.

Again, the “men’s category” is really an “open category”; one need only be a member of the homosapien category to qualify.

God made me the way I am, and I accept myself,” Semenya told You, a South African magazine, in 2009. “I am who I am, and I’m proud of myself.”

It would seem unfair to tell her, Sorry, you can’t run in the Olympics because of the way you were born.

Again, no one is saying that this athlete shouldn’t be allowed to compete for a spot in the Olympics. However, if Semenya (or anyone else) doesn’t qualify for the restricted category (female), then they have to attempt to qualify for the open category. And if Semenya isn’t naturally gifted enough to qualify for the Olympics in the open category, then Semenya can join the club of billions of the rest of us who aren’t genetically gifted enough to qualify for the Olympics.

Let me be clear about something though: I am not qualified to weigh in on what criteria should be met for a human being to compete as a female. I am interested in the question though.

August 22, 2016 Posted by | weight training | , | Leave a comment

I don’t know squat…literally

Weights only: rotator cuff
pull-ups, 2 sets of 10-5, 2 sets of 10 (power rack was pulled out so I adjusted this a bit)
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170 (lazy)
incline press: 10 x 135
military (dumbbell) 8 x 50 standing 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 (each arm)
head stand.

Then I did some squats; I am trying desperately to keep a straight back. That is tough:

3 sets of wall squats: 0, 25, 35 (10 reps each)
10 x 0, 45, 85 with the barbell

I might try some of these ideas.

Goal: get my thighs and butt to actually do something rather than just flop uselessly. I am so weak downstairs; I can’t squat without bending forward from the waist.

August 12, 2016 Posted by | weight training | | Leave a comment

And I am a slug today

I am having a ton of trouble with motivation …I just don’t like the math results that I have to write up. But I may have something to perk it up.

Workout notes: weights and an easy two mile walk outdoors.

rotator cuff
pull ups: 5 sets of 10
incline press: 10 x 135, 8 x 150 (lame effort), 10 x 135
squats: 4 sets of 10 (0, 45, 65, 85)…these ARE getting better.
goblet squats: 3 sets of 5 x 50, 5 x 30
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 (each arm)
military press: 8 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing (all with dumbbells)
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunches, 10 yoga leg lifts.
head stand: shaky at first.

Then the walk outside.

Politics Much to my surprise, I am losing interest. Oh, yeah, I’ll vote but increasingly, I am having trouble taking Trump seriously. Many lines have Clinton a 4-1 favorite.

But strange things have happened in the past.

August 10, 2016 Posted by | political/social, politics, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

getting back to it…

The start of the semester is rapidly approaching. Back to my academic routine…ok…sort of. I goofed off and watched some streaming Olympic boxing. The mainstream TV coverage sucks, as usual.

Workout notes: 188 after my workout. The workout:

rotator cuff
pull ups: 15-15-10-10 (strong)
squats: 4 sets of 10: (0, 0, 45, 65), goblet squats: 4 sets of 5 with 50
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 8 x 170
incline press: 10 x 135
military (dumbbell), 7 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing
rows (single arm) 3 sets of 10 x 50
head stand
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts.
5K walk afterwards (too pretty not to).

Women’s Beach volleyball:

Wife : “who is winning?”
Me: “I don’t know”
Wife: “who is playing?”
Me: “I don’t know; red bikinis vs. green, I think”.

Why is it so popular to watch?

Yes, Lara Kauss has a Flickr photo spread with lots of photos like these.

August 8, 2016 Posted by | big butts, bikinis, spandex, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

This drive: almost enough to get me to vote for Trump!

Workout notes: weights plus 2 mile track walk in 27:30
rotator cuff, pull ups 5 sets of 10, squats: 10 x (0, 45, 65), 5 x 95, 3 sets of goblet: 5 x 50
incline press: 10 x 135, 8 x 150, 10 x 140
military: 7 x 95 barbell, 15 x 50 dumbbell, seated, supported, and 10 x 40 dumbbell standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 each arm.

Drive to Columbus: I left at 10:30 am expecting about a 6 hour drive. What I got: 10 hour drive; about a 3 hour delay due to this and getting stuck in rush hour traffic in Indianapolis.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. — A semitrailer truck driver slammed into stopped traffic Wednesday morning, causing a chain-reaction crash and fire that closed all lanes of I-74.

The crash occurred just after 10 a.m. on the eastbound lanes of I-74 near the 27 mile marker, Montgomery County Chief Deputy Ryan Needham said in a news release.

The driver reportedly failed to brake for stopped traffic from a separate crash, ramming into a semi hauling propane which caught fire and eventually was extinguished.

A third semi was rear-ended as a result of the chain reaction and also was pushed into a Ford Ranger — the fourth and final vehicle impacted.

As of 4 p.m., the eastbound lanes of I-74 remained closed. Authorities rerouted traffic onto Ind. 25 to U.S. 136 in Waynetown, the news release states.

Upshot: I first started driving cross country in 1980. Since then, our highways have gotten worse and truck traffic has gotten exponentially greater (even per capita). Driving long distances is no longer enjoyable; it is a kind of torture these days. And it isn’t going to get better.

August 4, 2016 Posted by | travel, walking, weight training | 1 Comment

Chiefs weekend and other stuff

Workout notes weights only today. I went at a leisurely pace.
rotator cuff
squats: 4 sets of 10: (0, 0, 45, 65), goblet 4 sets of 5: 35, 50, 50, 50
pull ups: 10-15-15-10 (switched grip in the 3’d set after 10)
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 10 x 170
incline press: 10 x 135
military press (dumbbell) 8 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 standing (seated, supported), 10 x 40 standing
rows: dumbbell, 2 sets of 10 x 50 single arm, 10 x 110 machine.
abs: twist crunch, yoga leg lifts, 2 sets each (12, 10)

Chiefs games I saw a couple this weekend; once with Tracy and Barbara, once with Barbara. The Chiefs beat the Timber Rattlers 1-0 and 5-2.

The second game was especially interesting. The Timber Rattlers hit the Chiefs pitcher at first. But they lost a run when, on a fly ball to the outfield, the runner was called out because he failed to tag up properly.

The Chiefs got 2 two-run home runs, though the 20 year old pitcher for the Timber Rattlers did well until he got tired. The Timber Rattlers got a solo home run of their own.

There were some anxious moments in the top of the 8’th when the Timber Rattlers loaded the bases with no outs (walk, single, error) but then the Chiefs relief pitcher struck out the side.

Of course, you need to see my “selfies”; in the first I DO look like a goat. In the second, I am pouting because Barbara’s Facebook photos are *always* better received than mine.

metheoldgoat

oldgrouchselfie

August 1, 2016 Posted by | baseball, weight training | | Leave a comment

Marathon reality

Ok, it is sinking in. I had dreams of “running” a sub 5 hour marathon this fall. But I’ve never been able to get my long “run” past 15 miles or so, at least without walking.
Then it dawned on me: “in the day”, my long runs were never longer than 3 hours or so and my marathon “runs” were never longer than right about 4 hours.

What makes me think that, as an older man, I can run for a longer duration than that?

So the reality is that while I can finish those marathons, I am going to have to walk a bit so I may as well “run/walk” my long training sessions also…and mix in walking from the very start. We’ll see how that goes tomorrow.

Workout notes: weights only
rotator cuff
pull ups 15-15-10-10
squats: 2 x 10 weightless, 2 x 10 with 45, 2 x 5 with 65, 2 x 5 goblet with 50 This was enough for me to feel that I’ve done something. I’ve got such a long, long ways to go.
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185, 10 x 170 (good)…had to keep it reasonable due to no spotter (have safety catches)
incline press: 10 x 135
military press: 2 sets of 8 x 50 standing, 10 x 40 standing (better)
roes: 3 sets of 10 x 50 (single arm)
head stand (shaky entrance)
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch 10 yoga leg lifts

July 29, 2016 Posted by | marathons, weight training | Leave a comment

Day 2 of the DNC convention, etc.

Yes, my workout first. Just scroll past.
rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), squats: 3 sets of 10 (2 weightless, 1 with 45), goblet squats: 5 with 35, 3 sets of 5 with 50
incline press: 10 x 135, 10 x 150, 10 x 140
military press (dumbbell) 8 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 200 machine
rows: 2 sets of 10 x 50 single arm dumbbell, 1 set of 10 x 200 machine
abs (2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts), headstand (so-so; I’ve done better, I’ve done worse)
easy 2 mile walk to loosen up.

The DNC day II
The highlight was Bill Clinton’s “spouse speech”

He kept the focus off of himself but instead made it all about Hillary. He focused on the many “behind the scenes” things you might have known about.

There were other minor talks. One was the “Mothers of the Movement” which are black mothers who have had a kid killed by violence (some at the hands of law enforcement, one was suicide, some were killed by criminals)

And yes, they were introduced by the Pittsburgh Police Chief, who made some good remarks:

Of course, some conservatives bellowed on about “mothers of criminals”; in fact, one person’s encounter with the police was started by an improper lane change (and yes, she didn’t behave well when stopped; she appeared to have some mental/emotional illness), one was shot by a murderer for playing his music too loud, and one was just a kid walking home, minding his own business when he was stopped and hassled by a thug. Yes, Michael Brown’s mom was there too…that made me cringe a bit.

You can read some of the fact-checks here and here. I see some spin to be sure, but nothing egregious.

The state of the race Hillary Clinton remains a modest favorite at about 2-1.

But yes, Trump has a bonafide shot of winning the election, as President Obama acknowledges. But he has to have a lot of things go his way…and sweep almost all of the toss-ups.

THAT will be a tall order…though possible.

July 27, 2016 Posted by | political/social, politics, walking, weight training | , , | Leave a comment

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